What Is A “Level Playing Field”?

One of the most common arguments in support of racial preferences is that they are needed to “level the playing field,” or sometimes “until the playing field is level.” Or sometimes both, as in the following statement by Brandon Davis, political director of the regional chapter of the Service Employees International Union:

We think until we have a level playing field, affirmative action must remain in place as one of the most effective tools to level the playing field for women and minorities

In pursuit of this elusive and undefined goal of the level playing field, SEIU has joined with others in Missouri to send out roving bands of intimidators to disrupt signature-gathering for the Missouri Civil Rights Initiative.

Their level playing field obviously has no room for citizens being allowed to vote on whether they want to allow their state to continue practicing racial and ethnic discrimination.

SEIU are not the only culprits. The umbrella organization coordinating the anti-petition drive “has also hired local workers through the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now to do similar work as paid canvassers.”

How appropriate. ACORN is one of the few groups in the country who almost make BAMN seem wholesome. If you’re not familar with it, do a Google search on “ACORN and fraud.” After you sift through the relevant hits among the 322,000 I just got, come back and tell me what you think. The first hit that came up on my search, appropriately enough, from Gateway Pundit, happened to involve a record-breaking case of fraud b ACORN … in Missouri.

Here’s the latest on the Missouri ACORN/democratic voter fraud scandal…

Kansas City officials say this is the most irresponsible and extensive voter registration abuse in Missouri in the twenty five years they have been on the job with the Kansas City Board of Elections.

That’s saying a lot considering there were 16 convictions of election crimes since 2004 in the St. Louis area alone!


Dan Riehl has news of previous ACORN scandal in 2003 and 2004 in Missouri.

To return to the playing field, however, when will it be level? How will we know when it’s level? Since I’ve yet to see an answer to these questions, I am hereby launching a contest (prize to be determined later) to see who can provide the most persuasive conclusion to the following sentence:

The playing field will be level when ….

To get the ball rolling, I will submit the first entry:

“… when the cows come home and the lions lie down with the lambs.”

Say What? (6)

  1. Richard Nieporent April 27, 2008 at 12:30 pm | | Reply

    When the Flat Earth Society is recognized as being correct by mainstream science. Then we will be guaranteed to have a level playing field for everyone!

  2. JND April 27, 2008 at 1:41 pm | | Reply

    OK, it’s the obvious answer, but “when hell freezes over”?

  3. ACF April 27, 2008 at 4:55 pm | | Reply

    It will be a level playing field when women and minorities are paid more than white males for equal work in all fields (as is now the case in science and engineering fields)…

  4. Lloyd Hansen April 28, 2008 at 11:24 am | | Reply

    When Mexican reconquista envelopes North America and Muslim migration in Europe destroys the deeply ingrained cultures that have existed for centuries. Whites can have Russia, well, except for Siberia which is home to indigenous Asians. That would pretty much even things out.

  5. Kathy Anderson April 28, 2008 at 4:43 pm | | Reply

    As long as you are begging for extended metaphors: It will be a level playing field when people start taking responsiblity for replacing their own divots. I can tell you I am pretty tired of identity groups of all kinds kicking holes in the playing field and leaving piles of dirt behind for the rest of us to trip over.

  6. mj April 29, 2008 at 12:46 pm | | Reply

    The playing field will be level when…European descended humans are extinct.

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